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Japan government sues Okinawa authorities over US base

Toukyo - A lawsuit demanding local bureaucrats stop blocking the construction of a US military base in Okinawa was filed by Japan's central government Friday, the latest in the spat between Tokyo and the southern island.

Japanese 'rent men' who are paid just to listen

Toukyo - From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.

Japan starts safety campaign ahead of Pokemon Go launch

Tokyo - Reports of traffic accidents, crimes and other mishaps overseas have prompted the Japanese government to warn Pokemon Go gamers of the dangers they could face.

South Korean gets 4 years for Tokyo shrine blast

Toukyo - A South Korean man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for detonating a homemade pipe bomb at a controversial Tokyo war shrine.

Suspected North Korean defector found in Japan

Toukyo - A man claiming to have escaped North Korea was being held under police protection after he was found wandering in a city in western Japan, local media reported on Sunday.

U.S. sailor gets 30 months in prison for Okinawa rape

Toukyo - A US sailor who raped a Japanese woman on the southern island of Okinawa was Friday sentenced to 30 months in prison, a court said.

Japan watchdog warns men against quick foreskin snip

Toukyo - A consumer group is warning Japanese men to exercise extreme caution before undergoing foreskin surgery after a spate of eye-watering mishaps on the operating table.

Stickers to stocks: Things to know about messaging app Line

Toukyo - Messaging app Line kicks off a dual New York-Tokyo stock listing later Thursday after one of the year's biggest initial public offerings.Here are a few things to know about the chatting service that has taken Asia by storm.What is Line?

Nintendo soars more than 16%, extends Pokemon game rally

Toukyo - Nintendo skyrocketed in Tokyo on Thursday as its new smartphone game Pokemon Go picks up legions of fans globally, and investors cheer the firm's move into mobile gaming.

Japan monarchy roiled over abdication reports

Toukyo - Japan's ancient monarchy was in tumult Thursday with the imperial household insisting its ageing emperor had no plans to abdicate after reports he wanted to step aside.

Fukushima reactor makers not liable: Japan court

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Wednesday turned down a class action lawsuit seeking damages from nuclear plant makers Toshiba, Hitachi and GE over the Fukushima meltdown disaster, the plaintiffs, one of the companies and a report said.

Japan's Emperor Akihito 'planning to abdicate'

Toukyo - Japan's ageing Emperor Akihito plans to step down in favour of his eldest son within a few years, Japanese media reported Wednesday, in what would be the first such royal abdication in two centuries.

Pokemon-mania vindicates Nintendo's mobile game shift

Toukyo - With Pokemon-mania sweeping the planet, Nintendo's nascent shift into mobile gaming has proved a massive hit, vindicating the Japanese videogame giant's decision to unshackle itself from a long-standing consoles-only policy.

Pokemon Go mania drives players into wild outdoors

San Francisco - Pokemon Go mania has quickly swept the US as players armed with smartphones hunt streets, parks, rivers and elsewhere to capture monsters and gather supplies in the hit game.

Eight charged with Japanese farmer's murder in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Eight members of an outlawed Islamist group have been charged with murdering a Japanese farmer who was shot dead in northern Bangladesh last year, a prosecutor said Monday.

Eight charged with Japanese farmer's murder in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Eight members of an outlawed Islamist group have been charged with murdering a Japanese farmer who was shot dead in northern Bangladesh last year, a prosecutor said Monday.

Eight charged with Japanese farmer's murder in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Eight members of an outlawed Islamist group have been charged with murdering a Japanese farmer who was shot dead in northern Bangladesh last year, a prosecutor said Monday.

After win, Abe calls for debate on Japan constitution

Toukyo - An emboldened Shinzo Abe called Monday for debate on Japan's pacifist constitution, which he said it was his "duty" to revise after scoring a strong win in weekend elections.

Japan ruling coalition expands majority in upper house: media

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track for a decisive victory in parliamentary elections on Sunday, media projections showed, despite lukewarm public support for its policies.

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

Toukyo - A Japanese satellite recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.

Japan voters seen boosting Abe in parliament vote

Toukyo - Japanese voters are suspicious of the government's economic policies and don't trust controversial plans to change the pacifist constitution -- but they are still expected to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition victory in parliamentary elections...

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in upgraded Soyuz craft

Baikonur - Three astronauts blasted off into the early morning sky in an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome Thursday, heading towards the International Space Station.

Japan, U.S. to limit legal protection for base personnel

Toukyo - Some US civilians working on military bases in Japan are likely to lose their protected legal status under planned changes announced Tuesday, as anger rages over the rape and murder of a local woman.

Japanese victims of Dhaka siege arrive home

Toukyo - The bodies of seven Japanese nationals killed in a bloody restaurant attack in Dhaka were returned home early Tuesday on a government plane.

Japan’s Mount Fuji to become free Wi-Fi zone this summer

Tokyo - Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s most famous tourist destinations, will become a free Wi-Fi zone during the summer climbing season.

Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima: Study

Sydney - Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea, a study showed Monday.Japan shut down dozens of reactors after a magnitude 9.

Sony eyes return to robot-making business

Tokyo - The adorable Japanese Aibo dogs could soon make a comeback a decade after they were being put to "sleep" as electronics giant Sony Corp. is planning to return to robot-making business.

U.S., S. Korea, Japan hold first anti-N. Korea missile drill

Washington - South Korea, Japan and the United States held an unprecedented trilateral missile defence exercise on Tuesday, aimed at countering the growing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea which denounced it as a "military provocation.

Body parts found floating in Tokyo park pond

Toukyo - A leafy Tokyo park became the scene of a gruesome investigation on Thursday after human body parts were found floating in a pond, according to authorities and media reports.

Japanese troops not shooting blanks anymore

Toukyo - Japan's Self-Defense Forces aren't shooting blanks anymore.At least they weren't last month when troops mistook live ammunition for fake rounds at a training exercise.
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